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beer anyway. i do know that if lucille whalen is the type of example of the person who lives and works in cambridge, massachusetts, contrary to the criticism later on, as race relations go, cambridge is doing real well. as you have all heard, the city of cambridge is convening a panel of experts to come up with ideas for best practices in cases like this. i'd like to suggest someone who should have a seat at the head of that table. ladies and gentlemen, lucille whalen. >> thank you for, here and giving me this opportunity to speak with you today. i was not planning to make a public statement, but after the media managed to reach my mom, i thought i'd better speak for myself. the criticism at first was so painful for me and difficult, i was, frankly, afraid to say anything. people called me racist and said i caused all the turmoil that followed, and some even said threatening things that made me fear for my safety. i knew the truth. but i didn't speak up right away. because i did not want to add to the controversy. after the tapes came out, there was so much public support. i felt bette
if it was a robbery? professor gates, you should be thankful. mike in san diego, thanking luci whalen, you are a model citizen. >> here is what she said, two larger men, one looked kind of hispanic. that was the quote. words from that woman in a 911 call about an incident at a cambridge home on july 16th. you know the rest. the police, the arrest of professor gates, president obama's involvement and the renewed racial conversation in this country. >> a couple of hours ago, lucia whalen described the tidal wave of strut acrutiny the she has b reported. >> it never occurred to me that the way i reported what i saw would be analyzed by an entire nation. but so many people have responded with words of support, i hope now that the truth of the tapes will help heal the cambridge community as much as it has helped to restore my reputation and integrity. >> imagine that. she was just thinking she was doing a good thing. a lot of break-ins in the area. she was going to call the cops and let them know about it. if you remember a police radio reporter, a dispatcher told officers the 911 caller said both suspects
. >> reporter: joined by her husband and her attorney, lucia whalen reluctantly came before the camera. >> cambridge is a wonderful place. when i was called racist, and i was a target of scorn and ridicule because of the things i never said -- >> what she never said in her 911 call to cambridge police was that she saw two black men. >> well, there were two larger men. one looks kind of hispanic but i'm not really sure and the other one entered and i didn't see what he looked like at all. >> in his police report, sergeant james crowley said he spoke to whalen on the scene and said she described seeing what appeared to be two black males with backpacks, that's not what whalen said she said? >> as i said, the only words i exchanged was that i was the 911 caller and he pointed to me and said, stay right there. >> nothing more? >> nothing more than that. >> asked about the discrepancy, a cambridge police spokesman said, that's an issue that could be reviewed in the future. in the meantime, for lucia whalen, vindication. >> now that the tapes are out, i hope people can see that i tried to be
the dispatcher two black men were trying to get inside. she never said that. people believed it though and whalen said e then feared for her own safety. >> i was frankly afraid to say anything. people called me racist and said i caused all the turmoil that followed and some even said threatening things. >> the 911 tapes proved that whalen never said the men were black and didn't mention race until the dispatcher asked her about it. her lawyer said she should have been invited to the white house meeting as well. >>> coming up next, staffers are being urged to take precautions aas several people have fallen ill. we are checking headlines. >>> there are new developments in that disturbing case out of massachusetts. a woman killed and her unborn babe way removed if her womb. police have made a huge break in the case. we'll tell you about it when we come back. with a coupon no matter how you pay. get an extra 15% off all brands for her. get an extra 15% off all men's brands. get an extra 15% off all regular and sale price items. all kids apparel, all lingerie, shoes and jewelry, all home items and kit
. the 911 call backs her story that she did not bring up race. >> reporter: lucia whalen is relieved 911 tapes prove she's not a racist. >> what has made me feel better is that the truth is out. and that i feel good about. >> reporter: whalen called 911 to report what she thought was a possible break-in at the home of harvard scholar, henry louis gates junior -- henry louis gates jiewrp. she -- jr. she came under fire. but the 911 tapes show that she never mentioned race until prompted. >> who race were they, ma'am? >> one looked like a hispanic man, but i'm not sure. >> reporter: charges were dropped but the confrontation set off a national debate about racial profiling. president obama who also stepped into the fray is now hoping all three can put the whole thing behind them, after a beer thursday at the white house. >> the president is happy to host this. the president is happy to make this, and believes this can be a moment, a teachable moment. >> reporter: whalen agrees that lessons can be learned. >> i've always been taught to be kind to people and not to judge people. so i would h
. lucille whalen says she has been threatened and called a racist and now she is disputing how she was quoted in the police report. >> reporter: lucille whalen's 911 call set the stage for the confrontation between harvard professor henry gates and cambridge police sergeant james crowley that led to accusations of racial profiling. but she denies ever using the term black males while talking to crowley outside of gates' house. >> the only words i exchanged were i was the 911 caller and he pointed to me and said stay right there. >> crowelly and his official report says that whalen told him that she observed, quote, what appeared to be two black males with backpacks on the porch of the house. whalen says the words have caused her aot of grief and forced her to go public in her own defense. >> when i was called racist, and i was a target, of scorn and ridicule, becausef the things that i never said. >> reporter: she said the tapes of her 911 call about the possible break-in at gates house, also vindicate her when her only reference to race was only after being asked. in an emotional
of a harvard professor is now speaking out. lucia whalen called police july 16th to report a potential break-in at the home of professor henry lewis gates. whalen was labeled a racist immediately by bloggers after the case broke. after the 911 tapes released -- the 911 tapes reveal she never mentioned race. >> and when i was called racist and i was a target of scorn and ridicule because of the things i never said, the criticism hurt me as a person, but it also hurt the community of cambridge. >> disorderly conduct charges against gates has since been dropped. >>> horses are running wild in the state of virginia. it's become a staple of course. ponies swim the channel from island to island. the whole swim talks about three minutes, give or take a minute. to manage the wild horse population, however, 80 or so horses are auctioned after this particular swim. the funds then go towards the volunteer fire company. >>> i'm bruce cunningham in westminster, the ravens back on the training camp field today but still without their number one draft pick. we'll update the latest on michael ore and tell y
by barged in? >> the caller is lucille whalen. the cambridge police commissioner says the police report mentions two black men, says that is what the officer wrote, not necessarily what the caller said. when further questioned, whalen said she thought one of the men may have been hispanic. both crowley and henry louis gates have accepted presidential invitations to the white house to discuss the incident. >>> getting some new information tonight in the death of of pop star michael jackson. according to a law enforcement official, this isan anonymous source to the associated press, they have knowledge of the investigation into michael jackson's death. they say the pop star's personal doctor administered the powerful drug that authorities believe killed him. jackson regularly received the anesthetic to go to sleep. the official requested anonymity because the probe is ongoing. this all leads to speculation about role dr. murray played in this investigation. more details as we get those. >>> more legal woes for marion barry. the washington examiner is reporting federal law enforcement offi
crowley's arrest of henry lieu louis gates and whalen is heard describing two men forcing their way into a home. >> they are using their shoulders to barge in. >> what she never mentioned was race, not until she was prompted by a dispatcher looking for a better description. >> white, black or hispanic? >> the 911 call set in motion circumstances that led to a debate about police and racial profiling, one that whalen found herself in the center of. >> i was afraid to say anything. people called me racist, and said i caused all the turmoil that followed, and some even said threatening things. >> what today's news conference didn't resolve was whether whalen told sergeant crowley as indicated in his police report that she saw two black men with quack packs. earlier this week, cambridge officials said they hope to treat this as a learning experience and today whalen echoed that sentiment, saying she hopes the truth of the tapes helps heal the community. in cambridge, massachusetts, molly line, fox news. >> a boston policeman who used a racial slur to describe professor gates has been pu
and said stay right there. >> reporter: crowelly and his official report says whalen told him that she observed, quote, what appeared to be two black males with backpacks on the porch of the house. whalen says those words caused her a lot of grief and forced her to go public in her own defense. >> and when i was called racist, and i was a target, of scorn and ridicule, because of the things i never said. >> reporter: she said the tapes of her 911 call about the possible break-in at gates house also vindicate her. when her only reference to race was only after being asked. >> i'm not really sure. >> in an emotional news conference whalen said she's not interested in joining gates, crowelly and president obama for that much heralded beer at the white house tomorrow. >> she doesn't like beer anyway. >> reporter: a disorderly conduct charge against gates was later dropped. even though other officers there that day supported crowley's arrest of gates. but none were present for the conversation between whalen and crowley. >>> that's "news4 at 4:00." "news4 at 5:00" starts right now. gfrmgts
whalen who called police to report the possible break-in says she was wrongly labeled a racist. she says she was outside when an elderly woman stopped her because she was worried a burglary was in process. police responded to the calls and gates was arrested at his home for disorderly conduct. whalen says because of the 911 call, she was accused of being a racist and even threatened. whalen initially shied away from the media, but says it became too painful for her and her family, and she had to make a statement. >> when i was called racist, and i was a target, of scorn and ridicule because of the things i never said. the criticism hurt me as a person. but it also hurt the community of cambridge. >> gates' arrest in hi own home by a white police officer has sparked a national debate. even president obama commented that the police department acted stupidly. tomorrow the police officer, gates, and the president will meet at the white house to talk about the issue. terry owens, abc 2 news. >> thanks, terry. >>> baltimore county police still have not identified the three people killed in mon
but pushing through their own front door. >> reporter: the caller, a woman named lucia whalen, wants to stay out of the spotlight, but today she had her lawyer tell reporters whalen was a concerned citizen, not a racist. >> it's really been very difficult because she's been characterized as kind of the racist spark that got the controversy going. and nothing could be further from the truth. now that the tapes are out, you can hear for yourself. >> reporter: that's true. in the call that sparked a heated national debate about racial profiling, whalen doesn't mention race at all until the 911 operator asks her for a description of the men breaking in. >> reporter: another tape released by the cambridge p.d. captured sergeant crowley's communication with headquarters. right off the bat, crowley reports trouble. >> reporter: he establishes the professor's identity. >> reporter: but that doesn't calm things. >> we have a long way to go. we recognize that we are going to take advantage of the situation and we're going to learn from it, we're going to move forward. that is strong community, a proud
to be two black males with backpacks. that's not whalen said she said. >> the only words i exchanged where i was the caller and he pointed to me and said, stay right there. nothing more than that. >> asked about the discrepancy, a cambridge police spokesman said that's an issue that could be remooviewed in the future. it gave whalen vindication. >> now that the tapes are out, i hope people can see that i tried to be careful and honest with my words. >> reporter: and despite everything, whalen said she'd do it all again. >> you have to know we are concerned, we're concerned citizens. you should do the right thing. if you see something that seems suspicious, i would do the same thing. >> now, as for today's white house beer summit, whalen's attorney suggested her client's forthright acts should have earned her an invitation too. wendy murphy joked about it and said, well, i don't know, it's a guy thing. but she doesn't like beer anyway. >> why would she want to be there? thanks so much. >>> more on the michael jackson saga. michael jackson's father says he believes his son had a secret love ch
whalen. she says the controversy has made her literally afraid. elaine quijano is with us from our boston bureau with the latest developments in the arrest of harvard professor. we watched it live when it happened a couple of hours ago. it was obvious she was really emotional about this. >> yeah, you know, you could definitely tell that. i was there at that news conference. are you absolutely right. i mean, she was visibly shaken by all of this. she said basically that she had been through the emotional wringer. you could see that. her husband was there at the mic with her along with wendy murphy, lucia whalen's attorney. it's interesting though, she says that despite everything, she still would do the same thing again and call 911. nevertheless, she says she has been criticized as a racist for calling 911. some people basically saying a white woman afraid of seeing black men in her neighborhood, that's why she called 911. as we now know from the 911 tape itself, she never mentioned the words "two black men," and in fact she says she's really been devastated by these accusations against h
to get in a house. >> reporter: the caller, lucia whalen, walking by on a lunch break, is clearly confused by what she sees. >> and they kind of had to barge in and they broke the screen door and they finally got in ad when i -- and looked, i went closer to the house a little bit after the gentlemen were already in the house, i noticed two suitcases. so, i'm not sure if these are two individuals who actually work there or maybe live there. >> reporter: contrary to the police report, whalen does not specify that the men are black. >> were they white, black or hispanic? >> um, well, they were two larger men. one looked kind of hispanic, but i'm not really sure. and the other one entered and i didn't see what he looked like at all. >> reporter: whalen's attorney says her client is outraged at the accusation that she was the racist spark that ignited this controversy. >> when you hear what she said to the 911 operator, that's anything but the truth. she never described the men as black, ever, never used the word black, ever. >> reporter: when sergeant crowley arrives at the scene, he
her side of the story. media reports said that lucia whalen told the dispatcher two black men were trying to get inside that home. whalen said she didn't identify the race until she was asked about it by the dispatch are and then whalen said says she became the target of threats. >> i was frankly afraid to say anything. people called me racist and said i caused all turmoil that followed and some even said threatening things. >> the 911 tapes proved that whalen never said the men were black. whalen says she hopes the truth of the tapes will help the community heal. >>> later this hour, another 911 controversy. this one happening in d.c. >> emergency operators are caught on tape, some say allowing personal grudges to stand in the way of safety. hear what our fox 5 investigate uncovered. >>> and we're live at redskins park this morning. it all begins today. let's go out to dave ross. >> good morning. if you want some football, you've come to the right place. all is quiet now but in about two hours, this tarp will be history and the players will object it. that will signal the beginnin
is finally speaking out. >> reporter: lucille whalen, the woman who called 911 broke her silence today, speaking to reporters in cambridge for the first time in describing how her life was turned upside down when she made that fateful call. >> when i was called racist and i was a target of scorn and ridicule because of the things i never said. >> 911 call, what's the exact location of your emergency? >> reporter: on monday cambridge police released the 911 call and audio transmissions from sergeant james crowley arrest of are harvard professor henry gates and she's clearly heard on the call describing to men forcing their way into a home. >> they kind of used their shoulder to try to barge in. >> reporter: what she never mentioned race, not until she was prompted by a dispatcher looking for a better description. the 911 call set in motion circumstances that led to a national debate about race and police profiling, one whalen found herself at the center of. >> i was frankly afraid to say anything. people called me racist and said i caused all the turmoil that followed. some even said th
, in that news conference, whalen said a number of things. she said cambridge, massachusetts, is a wonderful place, and when she was called a racist by some, it really was something that hurt her immensely because she never mentioned in that 911 call, as we now know, the words "two black men." she had to be pressed about what race the two people were, and only then she said, well, i think one of them might be hispanic, i'm not really sure. so, this was a chance for her to clear the air. it was interesting, as well, though, at the end of that weather this white house meeting set to take place tomorrow, wendy murphy, the attorney for lucia whalen, was basically pointing out that -- suggesting that her client perhaps should have gotten an invitation, as well, because of her clear thinking and her actions on the day of that arrest that she called it in very calmly, did not make any references to race that were inappropriate in any way. wendy murphy even joked about that saying, i don't know, maybe it's a guy thing. she doesn't like beer anyway. wolf? >> not too late. maybe she'll still be invite
her story that she did not bring up the issue of race. >> reporter: lucille whalen is relieved 911 tapes prove these not a racist. >> what has made me feel better is that the truth is out, and that i feel good about. >> reporter: whalen called 911 to report what she thought was a possible break-in at the home of harvard scholar henry louis gates, jr. she came under fire after initial police reports quoted her as describing the suspect as black, but the 911 call shows she never mentioned race until prompted. >> were they white, black or hispanic? >> they were two larger men. one looked kind of hispanic but i'll not really sure. >> gates was arrested after arguing with a white police officer, sergeant james crowley. charges were dropped, but the confrontation set off a national debate about racial profiling. president obama, who also stepped in the fray, is now hoping all three can put the whole thing behind them after a beer thursday at the white house. >> the president is happy to host this. the president us happy to make this -- believes this can be a moment, a teachable moment. >
don't know what's happening. >> reporter: just after 12:30 p.m. on july 16th, lucille whalen was walking to lunch and ran into an older women near professor gates' home. concerned by what she was told, whalen called 911. >> she had noticed two gentlemen trying to get in her house at that number, 17 ware street. anthd ey kinof had to barge in and they broke the screen door and they finally got in. i noticed two suitcases. >> reporter: the caller never mentioned the race of the men on the porch until she's asked by a dispatcher. >> were they white, black or hispanic? >> one looked kind of hispanic, but i'm not really sure. >> reporter: sergeant james crowley is the first officer to arrive at gates' door. >> i'm up with a gentleman says he resides here. a little uncooperative. but keep the cars coming. >> reporter: then minutes later -- >> can you please also send that harvard university policeman in? >> oh, we can send him in. >> reporter: the tapes do not reveal what happens next. gates' voice is never heard. minutes later he is handcuffed and led away, charged with disorderly
forward to defend herself. lucia whalen says she was incorrectly quoted in the police report from the incident. the arresting officer, sergeant james crowley said in his report he observed what appeared to be two black males on the porch. whalen denies she ever used race to describe the men she saw outside henry gates' house and the 911 call bears her out on what. en salsayhe hass nce the incide. rethsis tehe incident. tomorrow, gates and crowley will join president obama for a beer at the white house. >>> new report is out listi bes.bestisaches. he ac wadela delaware, took the top for water quality. virginia third. spot.ineivsp oti new jersey was number 10. >>> it was awfully bumpy, stormy, out there today. depending on where you were. some areas got it worse than others. and tomorrow -- we're told it is a whole another different issue, right? >> the heat is back. summertime. >> almost august. outside right now. it is hazy, warm, humid night. we have had here in washington. and some of the suburbs, a few drops. outside, our current temperature right now here in washington is 76
never said. shepard: and whalen also denied a report from the police sergeant who was there at the time, james crowley, that claimed she mentioned seeing two black men on the porch. >> the only words i exchanged were -- i was the 911 caller, and he pointed to me and said stay right there. shepard: but whether her comments today will actually help put this controversy to rest remains to be seen. molly line with the news. she is live in boston. molly, this 911 caller says she came forward because she wants to put all this behind her once and for all. >> exactly. this was a tough day for her. you could see how emotional she was, how she trembled when she stepped up to the microphones. this is about restoring her reputation, her integrity, and just getting her side of the story out there and essentially moving forward. she said she did it not to add to the controversy but to move forward. shepard: now the beer summit. the president has invited professor gates and the police sergeant who arrested him to the white house for a beer tomorrow but no invite for whalen. >> that's right. her attorn
. >>> and she won't be joining the boys for beers tomorrow at the white house, but i'm thinking lucia whalen is fine with that. it was her 911 call about a possible break-in at professor henry gates' home that set a national controversy in motion. the reporters staked out her home. she was called a racist and even framed her. she made her first public comments. she addressed the 911 call, the incorrect report that she pointed the finger at two black men and the very painful backlash for bad information. >> i am proud to have been raised by two loving parents, who instilled in me values, including love one another, be kind to strangers, and do not judge people based on race, ethnicity, or any other feature other than their character. when i was called racist, and i was a target of scorn and ridicule because of the things i never said, the criticism hurt me. >> just to point out, if you heard that 911 call, you would have understood what she was talking about, that she never said there were two black men breaking in to a home. those words were never said, despite what reports had said that wha
states that whalen identified the two men as black but her 911 call shows otherwise. >> were they black or hispanic? >> there were two larger men. one looked kind of hispanic and i'm not sure. the other entered and i didn't see what he looked like at all. >> now that the tapes are out, i hope people can see that i tried to be careful and honest with my words. >> reporter: even with that evidence, whalen has been under attack. still, given the choice she said she would make that call all over again. >> i've had much reflection on that and, yes, i would make the call. i would absolutely do that. >> reporter: the police officer, the professor and the president will meet at the white house for a beer. so far whalen hasn't been invited. her attorney says maybe it's a guy thing. and, besides, her client doesn't like beer. yunji de nies, abc news, new york. >> we have a developing story baom massachusetts this mornina. by taken from the womb of its murdered mother is alive and well. darlene haynes was eight months pregnant when she was found dead in her worcester, massachusetts apartment mon
she thought was a break-in at the home of henry gates. a police report says whalen described the suspect of two black males. but the 911 audiotape proved that she didn't use those words at all. sergeant james crowley who responded to the call has been accused of racial profiling for arresting gates. whalen says she has been unfairly criticized as a racist and hopes that the release of the 911 tape will also come with vindication. >> i hope people can see but i -- that i tried to be careful and hon st with my words. >> whalen says she is not interested in joining the meeting between gates and crowley at the white house with president obama tomorrow to discuss the incident. >> after years of work renovations are now complete at an historic elm daschle lettermentry school in the district. mayor fenty was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony. the school was modernized and expanded and will be green and energy efficient now. it also will feature two new play areas, new basketball court, science garden, a state of the art media center among other improvements, and h.d. cook was
because of the things i never said. >> lucia whalen said it pained her to be called a racist -- it was said she was -- a identified the two men tha were black but the 91 tapes revealed she did not know what the man looked like. charges were later dropped. >>> in metro bus driver is on paid leave pending the outcome of kidnapping charges. allegedly this happen over the weekend on the d14 bus between suitland and southern avenue stations. the driver refused to let it passenger lee before -- after the two got into an argument. metro police said the driver wrongfully detained the passenger. funeral services will be held today for two of the victims of last week's helicopter crash on interstate 70. this service for camp felix is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in damascus and a service for george tutor is set for 6:00 p.m. in manchester, among four people killed when their helicopter went down when it struck power lnes. the memorial service for all of the victims will be held next wisdom at the frederick municipal airport. >>> still to come, the baby stolen from her murdered mother has be
now after it lance plans to host privates with washington and press. katherine whalen wrote our mistake to suggest we would hold and participate in an off the record dinner, journalists and power brokers paid for by a sponsor, as publisher it's my job to ensure that we adhere to our integrity as a news organization last week i let you and the organization down. does this end jane? >> i don't think so, because there hasn't really been a full accounting of how reportedly some of these invitations went out under her personal e-mail. the new york times had a good piece, the media writer she was a harvard business school, and heir to the family that risk $its licenses to television stations to have watergate and start of selling access, it shows how far we've come and unfortunately a lot of newspapers are hurting and trying to monetarizmonetarize, journ journalism. >> access to washington post journalists to $25,000. >> i don't think it's $25,000 to the event or-- >> how much money are you really going to make off something like that? there are lots of events like this that go on, th
for her. >> it's been too much for her. she felt so -- so worried. >> reporter: lucia whalen worked at a harvard office down the street from professor gates' home. she was on her way to lunch when a woman directed her attention to gates' front door. concerned, whalen called 911. >> me had noticed two gentlemen trying to get in the house at that number 17 ware street and they kind of had to barge in and they broke the screen door and they finally got in. >> reporter: in a police report, sergeant james crowley writes whalen observed what appeared to be two black males with back packs on the front porch. however during the 911 call she only talks about race when asked. >> were they white, black or hispanic? >> one looked kind of hispanic, but i'm not really sure. >> she wasn't concerned because of their color. she was concerned because of their behavior. >> reporter: in fact, the attorney says whalen spoke to crowley only briefly, to identify herself as the 911 caller. and did not say anything more. >> the truth was, she never reported seeing two black men. she did call 911. she report
hurt me as a person. but it also hurt the community of cambridge. >> whalen went on to say she respects cryingly and gates and says she does not regret making the 911 call and said she would do it again. tomorrow a meeting between gates, crowley and, yes, president obama. the president invited the two over for a beer. it was actually sergeant crowley who brought up this beer summit to the president. the president making it happen. ron allen joins us live from cambridge. this is heartbreaking. you hear this woman. she's received threats. all she did was make a 911 call, a call that anyone would want a neighbor to make. >> indeed, tamron. there's been a lot of yelling and screaming, the last couple weeks. this was a real genuine and real moment in this whole kont vrsy. she is a plain spoken person, works down the street from gates's home, harvard office, i believe she does fund raising work for a magazine. she was going to lunch. an elderly woman didn't have a cell phone. so ms. whalen picked up the phone to make this call. she said she never imagined what happened after that would follow
, lucia whalen also says she only made the call after an older woman without a cell phone told her she was worried someone was breaking into the house. now she's worried people think she's a racist. here's lucia whalen in her own words today. >> as people around the country were saying and thinking the worst things of me, my family knew the truth, and their support made all the difference. i am proud to have been raised by two loving parents, who instilled in me values including love one another, be kind to strangers, and do not judge people based on race, ethnicity or any other feature other than their character. cambridge is a wonderful place, and when i was called racist, and i was a target of scorn and ridicule because of the things i never said, the criticism hurt me as a person, but it also hurt the community of cambridge. now that the tapes are out, i hope people can see that i tried to be careful and honest with my words. >> and it bears repeating, she did not mention race in the 911 call and says she didn't mention it to officer crowley. he, in the police report, said that's w
a drink. the woman who called 911 when leading to the arrest is speaking out. whalen has received threats for what she did. >> people have called me racist and said i caused all the turmoil that follow and some even said threatening things that made me father for my safety. >> reporter: asked if she would do anything differently, whalen said no. >> she smell of the fire, a blaze tore through a multimillion-dollar home. a home that is now a pile of rubble. armando trull has more on the story. >> reporter: andrea, part of the reason the house is a pile of rubble is because of the difficulty that firefighters had getting water from hydrants to the scene. let me show you what they had to face. these are the hoses and they snake all the way down this hill, around the block to a fire hydrant that is hundreds of yards away but the actual fire, as the camera follows, is up the other hill. you see where the fire engine is, the fire hose goes all the way. it is half way through and that's one of the reasons the house now totally gutted. >> really struggled initially with water president bush in th
a boston area resident, lucia whalen describing two men pushing on the door of a house. >> i don't know if they live there and had a hard time with their key. they used a shoulder to try to barge in. and they got in. i don't know if they had a key or not. when i looked a little closely -- >> white, black or hispanic? >> um -- >> are they still in the house? >> they are still in the house, i believe. >> are they white, black or hispanic? >> one looked hispanic, the other entered and i didn't see what he looked like. >> they tell sergeant crowley of a possible break in. they are still in the house. unknown on race. one may be hispanic. >> reporter: in front of the house he says lucia whalen tells him two black men with backpacks are involved. she said she never spoke to crowley at the scene and said nothing about black men. he waits for backup and sees a person inside the house. when crowley learns it is a harvard professor he radios headquarters again. the gentleman says he resides here. a little uncooperative, but keep the cars coming. have an i.d. on henry lewis gates. >> reporter: no
and spokesperson for lucille whalen. you will hear from lucia in a moment. she will take a few questions after her statement. then she will have to go. please, she is doing this because she knows you want to hear from her. please after this, leave her alone. she has had a lot of folks at her house. it has been hard for her. she is doing this primarily because it had been it emotionally difficult to handle the media at her home. please come after this, i respect her privacy. she will not be doing any one- on-one interviews. we have talked a lot about and debated the overreaction of three men. professor gates, sgt crowley, and even president obama. all three have special training on this controversy. ├ži am here today to introduce u to the one person who did not overreact, a woman with no special training, who nevertheless, did everything right. she made a measured, awful, and objective call 2911 to report suspicious activity. any one of us would be lucky to have such a person living in our neighborhood. ├žsomeone who cares enough to gt involved but as conscientious enough not to overreact, or wor
. >>> welcome back. i'm jim moret from "inside edition" sitting in for larry king. lucia whalen's 911 call led to the arrest of henry lewis gates. wendy is known as a victims' rights advocate. the 911 call was released. listen. >> i don't know if they live there and if they had a hard time with their key, but i did notice they used a shoulder to try to barge in and they got in. i don't know if they had a key or not because i couldn't see from my angle. >> black or hispanic? are they still in the house? >> they are still in the house. >> white, black or hispanic? >> two larger men. one looked kind of hispanic and the other one entered and i didn't see what he looked like at all. i saw from a distance. this older woman was worried someone is breaking in someone's house. she interrupted me otherwise i probably wouldn't have noticed it at all. i'm calling because she was a concerned neighbor, i guess. >> okay. are you standing outside? >> i am standing outside. >> all right. police are on the way. what is your name? >> my name is. [ audio deleted ] >> i guess the first thing that jumped out is why
will still say something. ms. whalen said if she had to do it all over again she would still call 911 because she thought that was the right thing to do. she was upset because there's something in the police report that said she told sergeant crowley saw two black men with backpacks trying to break into the home. she said she only identified herself to crowley as the person who called 911. it is unclear while it was written in the police report. there were a series of articles and allegations that she was racially motivated, and that's what she was talking about. that was the firestorm she was living in. it was very difficult for her to be out here this afternoon. her hands were shaking. her husband was standing with her. she was very emotional. this is an ordinary person, a whom who works for harvard alumni magazine, walking to launch, encounters an elderly woman, gates trying to get into his home. ms. whalen used her cell phone to call police. and she does. we know what happened after all that. she hopes the media will leave her alone and she has her reputation and integrity back. >> ron, t
political opposition. good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. >>> lucia whalen says she feared for her own safety since making that 911 call leading to the arrest of harvard protester henry louis gates jr. here with us, clarence page, a nationally syndicated columnist with the chicago tribune. we are talking about the third rail of the american politics, the race debate. you hear from the right wing, you hear people, you know, calling the president of the united states a racist. this woman completely innocent, upstanding citizen, as far as anyone can tell, the 911 call was flawless in her concern, her accuracy, not overstating it, not rising to any questions of race. how have we come to this point and where is america now? >> we are polarized. i have been around since the '60s, one big difference now is there is not a clear moral divide like you had back it the days of dr. king. today, where you stand depends on where you silt, either on the one side with skip gates and civil liberties and against profiling or with the police and law and order and strong law enforcement. i mean
silence today. lucia whalen called the cops on henry louis gates. since then said she's living a nightmare because of reports that two black men tried to break into the home. whalen didn't bring up race at all. her news conference highly emotional. here's the clip. >> when i was called racist, and i was a target, of scorn and ridicule because of the things i never said, the criticism hurt me as a person. i hope now that the truth of the tapes, will help heal the cambridge community as much as it has helped to restore my representation. i hope people can see, that i tried to be care ful and honest with my words. >> if you're a concerned citizen, you should do the right thing. if you see something that seemed suspicious, i would do the same thin thing. >> the country deeply divided showing 27% blame the professor. 11% blame the cop. 29% say they're both at fault. tonight beer fffest should be a party. >>> good news first. rebel conservative democrats back at the bargaining table. and now the bad new, no chance anything is going to pass before the august recess, giving the president's opponen
of harvard professor henry lewis gates. lucia whalen spoke to reporters and she said the criticism she's received that she's racist has made her fear for her safety. >> i hope people can see that i tried to be careful and honest with my words. and it never occurred to me that the way i reported what i saw be analyzed by an entire nation. but so many people have responded with words of support, i now -- i hope now that the truth of the tapes will help heal the cambridge community as much as it has helped to restore my reputation and integrity. >> obviously, very emotional for her to get through that. whalen says she respects both professor gates and the cambridge police department. >>> the man at the center of the michael jackson death investigation had his home searched yesterday. authorities surveying the warrant on murray's house were searching for a lot of things. investigators spent about three hours in the house and left carrying several containers. murray operated clinics in las vegas, also in houston, but he left those practices to work solely for jackson as his personal fish an
the woman whose 911 called ended up touching off a national debate on race. lucia whalen called cambridge police to report a possible break-in at the hohome of henry uiuigagas. her attorney says s whalen want to speak so she can go back tot >> the oma admisisation is daeting out a billion dolls to keep thousands of cops on ththe street butut four of the bigges citities in america won't see a dime.nonosh, housuston, seattle pittsburghgh are excded from the progm partly bececse their crime rate isn't higigh enououg. new york mayor sayays neneyorks being pushshed. >> the cch of ololympic champ michael phelps is lling for a boycott t ter the swswmemer'ss condndla fh in re.e. the loss at the worlrld chpionship to a relative unknown was elpsfirst major defeat in four years.. his cocoach b blalaming the opponent's high tech suits. body suits are credited with helping swimmers set new records. the german swimmer beat phelps by 1.22 seconds smashing phelps' world record >> how is that different than the body suit phelps wore in the olympics? >> because they say it's more buoyant, it cuts off time
and said some had wrongly labeled her a racist. lucia whalen said she never described the men she saw as black males. >> now that the tapes are out, i hope people can see that i tried to be careful and honest with my words. >> couric: meanwhile, professor gates and cambridge police sergeant james crowley will join president obama for that beer summit at the white house tomorrow evening. here's what's on tap-- or at least in a bottle. the professor will have red stripe beer, the sergeant blue moon and the president bud light. cheers. coming up next, russians left stranded in texas find some good old country comfort. the most important... is new centrum silver ultra women's. a complete multivitamin for women over 50. it has vitamin d which emerging science suggests... supports breast health... and more calcium for bone health. new centrum silver ultra women's. now i'm the mom. and i know... 80% of us don't get enough calcium from food. our bodies can steal it from our bones. give yourself some tlc. tender loving caltrate. and give tlc to somebody you love. discover a light yogurt like n
to be called a racist based on words she never said. lucia whalen spoke out for the first time today. a police report quoted her as saying the possible burglars were, quote, two black males. but the tape of her 911 call shows she never raised the issue of race. >>> a glen arm woman is pleading for the return of her things after her home was target by a burglar. maureen nolan was target bade thief. the camera had pictures of her son's first baby and the last pictures of her mother in the months before her death. baltimore county police say they have seen a string of burglaries in that area. >>> loyola college is one of the nation's best schools. that's according to the princeton review guide. loyola's residence halls rank second in the nation. its athletics facilities rank 10th and its study abroad program is 14th on the list. the best colleges list is based on princeton review's survey of more than 100,000 students from across the country. in september, loyola will celebrate its name change to loyola university, maryland. >>> and fans of the king of pop may have to wait even longer for more de
to the controversy. >> reporter: lucia whalen, on a lunch break called 911 to describe what she saw on the front porch inambrge, massachusetts. >> reporter: just the facts. and contrary to the police report, no mention of race. she said today her parents taught her to be kind to strangers. >> and do not judge people based on race, ethnicity, or any other feature other than their character. >> reporter: when the first african-american president criticized the police. >> the cambridge police acted stupidly. >> reporter: his political opponents who have huge followings were off to the races. and to the commentators at least it was all about race. >> this president i think exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture. >> listen, you can't say he doesn't like white people. david axlerod is white, rahm emanuel is white, i think 70% of the people every day are white. robert gibbs is white. >> i'm not saying he doesn't like white people. i'm saying he has a problem. this guy is, i believe, a racist. >> fox news said that was bec
and was charged with disorderly conduct. lucille whalen says she's just relieved everything is out in the open. >> what has made me feel better is that the truth is out and that i feel good about. >> president obama has invited professor gates and cambridge police sergeant james crowley to the white house tomorrow for a beer. >>> a houston boy scout troop is being praised for rallying together during a very serious situation. their scout leader's blood sugar skyrocketed and he collapsed during a hiking trip in colorado. the boys sused eir ouscting skills and they got their sick leader off the mountain. they made a stretcher out of tree branches and carried him down the mountain. >> when they were carrying me, not one of those scouts ever complained that i was too >>. huhhandsce rt. >> the scout master says he lost about 15 pounds after spending a couple of days in the hospital. he's now doing hufine and i bet he's pretty proud of what those young boy scouts learned and what they were able to do in a tough situation. >> they were well trained scouts. >> absolutely. good job. >>> weather-wise fo
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